20 years after George Harrison’s death: who was the Beatles guitarist

One of the most famous musicians in history died in Los Angeles on November 29, 2001. George Harrison he died at the age of 58 of cancer, after a successful career. That’s who the guitarist as silent as it is fundamental in the Beatles, who has nevertheless been able to make people talk about himself for his professional choices as well as for the events of his private life. His conversion to the Hindu religion is known so much that upon his death, he left the will to disperse in his ashes in the Ganges.

Who was George Harrison

Born in Liverpool on February 25, 1943, George Harrison is best known for being the guitarist of one of the most beloved and iconic bands of all time, the Beatles, alongside his colleagues John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer very skilled, he was a very important member of the English band from 1960 to 1970. With them he made 25 songs so that all the albums published by the collective collected at least two or more songs composed by Harrison. The most famous? Definitely “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes The Sun” and “Something”. A career studded with success and the affection of fans around the world, continued for Harrison even after the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970, such as singer and solo musician.

George Harrison, a mysterious personality and love for India

A lover of art in all its forms, Harrison was also a actor, film and record producer of moderate success, before finally approaching the Indian music then the fulcrum of all his subsequent works. Led by the Indian musician Ravi Shankar, the former Beatles went deeper and deeper into the discovery of this colorful culture, until the organization of a wonderful show, in August 1971, “The Concert for Banglade”, still considered the first concert today. beneficial in the history of music, which also attended by other famous singers and musicians of the caliber of Starr, Clapton, Shankar and Bob Dylan. Always reluctant to popularity, George Harrison is known for his personality and rather mysterious way of doing things. In reality, he has always claimed to love the true essence of things and people, hidden in the depths of the soul. “I play a little guitar, write some songs, make films, but none of this really represents me. The real me is elsewhere “or”I’m not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore for a special occasion; until the end people will see that shirt and exchange it for me”Are just two of the famous phrases of the guitarist, who has always wanted to distinguish his character and musical alter-ego from the real self.

George Harrison, private life

The last child born in a very large family (George Harrison was only the fourth of the brothers), the former Beatles has always shown his love for the artistic world, in particular for music, starting from an early age to play the guitar and , tell some curiosities, filling each page of books and school notebooks with drawings of the musical instrument. A real destiny already written that only a few years later, just 17 years old, led him to meet Lennon, McCartney and Ringo Starr with whom he founded the Beatles collective and achieved European and world success.

Paul and I rode on the same bus, wore the same school uniform, walked home from the Liverpool Institute. I found out he had a trumpet and he found out I had a guitar, and we got together. I was about thirteen, he maybe still thirteen, or already fourteen“.

As for private life, George Harrison married several times: the first alongside Pattie Boyd (1966), from whom he separated only a few years later, the second with Olivia Arias, who will give birth to the couple’s son Dhani ( 1978) and who will remain with George Harrison until his death from cancer in 2001.